Students FAQ

Students FAQ

Students FAQ

What is is an online tool that encourages, harnesses, acknowledges and supports student volunteering in higher education.

How can I become involved with

First thing to do is -  REGISTER!  Once registered, you have a live account.  This will give you access to all the information you need to volunteer which includes new volunteer opportunities from all over the country and even abroad! and your very own personal dashboard and online volunteer hourly log.






What do I get from enables you to:

  • Volunteer in your local, regional, national or international community.
  • Access opportunities that meet your needs/interests or skills-set (you will find a very broad and diverse range of opportunities in or near your local HEI or home, accross the country or abroad).
  • Enhance your academic learning and personal/social development and skills.
  • Have a fun experience and make new friends.
  • Boost your UL Student Transcript with the unique UL Presidents' Volunteer Award (PVA).
Why should I volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to help out and at the same time:

  • Explore your capabilities.
  • Demonstrate and develop your skills and knowledge.
  • Enhance your CV and employability.
  • Get to know more about your community
Who can participate in the UL PVA programme ?

All registered students at the University of Limerick (undergraduate, postgraduate, part time (including Distance Learning) Access, Erasmus, Study Abroad and International).

Faculty and Staff are very welcome to participate!

What support can I expect?

Volunteers are entitled to receive appropriate induction and training and to receive regular support from the volunteer organisation.  If any volunteer is experiencing problems at any stage of the volunteering process, the PVA team are here to help -email

Is there a deadline to register for STUDENTVOLUNTEER.IE?

No, please register at any time.  Right now is a good time!

Will I have to have an interview with the volunteer organisation?

In some cases yes - often this is an informal chat. They just want to get to know you and see where your interests lie and the skills you have.

Do I need any training to be a good volunteer?

Most voluntary organisations will provide the basic training required to carry out their work.  Organisations may provide specialist training as required (such as confidential services (i.e. Samaritans) or if operating small pieces of equipment is required or training in organisations codes of conduct etc).

What about Garda Vetting. What's involved?

Some organisations are legally required to garda vet all volunteers.   It is the duty of the organisation to take you through this process.   For more information please visit:

Please note:   Police checks/Garda Vetting can take some time so where possible consider getting in touch with organisations before you commence your volunteering .    There is no cost to the volunteer.

Can I still volunteer while the checks are being made?

Organisations will advise you accordingly.   Garda vetting is a legal requirement for organisations providing services to vulnerable children and adults.

But what happens if I'm really not happy with the volunteer opportunity?

Yes this happens so don't worry.  If it doesn't work out you should communicate with your volunteer supervisor or with the team.   We are always on hand to support student volunteers.

What happens if nothing takes my fancy but yet I still want to volunteer?

We encourage student-led volunteer initiatives and we support students to get these initiatives off the ground.   So if you have an idea come and chat to us email  Keep in mind that there are new opportunities uploaded daily all around the country so be sure to register on to get these updates.

Does STUDENTVOLUNTEER.IE have any information about international volunteering?

Yes we support and encourage overseas volunteering.   See our dedicated resource to help you find the right opportunity overseas.

Do employers recognise the Presidents Volunteer Award (PVA)?

The PVA boosts your student transcript and this transcript is a formal recognition of your achievements during your academic studies.   Graduate volunteers are sought after by employers simple because it shows not only your academic prowess but your willingness to go beyond the call of duty by engaging and contributing to the development of society.   For these reasons we encourage the student volunteer to bring their volunteer experience to the attention of potential employers.   See the attached video for more information.

So how will I receive information about current volunteering opportunities?

By simply signing up to you gain access to all volunteer opportunities and updates.

Join Us! enables students to have the opportunity to: enrich your personal development and employability skills, have a fun experience, meet new people, and give back to your community. Sign up now.

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